“What Stresses You?”
Before you read on, remember that these questions are not provided for you to merely skim over. The planning and preparation of answers is essential to maximizing your interviewing prowess. The only way to succeed is to match your background to a positive, upbeat, convincing answer for each of these questions. Start with your resume, know every word on it. Another key part of your preparation is company research. You should know as much about the company as you possibly can before you arrive for the interview.
Stress is a common issue in the work place. One thing that stresses one person may energize another! Think carefully on a positive response to this question. For instance, you might say, “I am careful to manage my stress so it does not affect my productivity or others around me. One thing that does tend to stress me is people who don’t pull their weight, who won’t strive for excellence. That may sound like I’m intolerant, but I try to give people every benefit of the doubt and communicate my concerns to them as appropriate.”
Carefully note this answer. Not only does it defuse a potentially dangerous area of questioning, but it also illustrates our positioning theory. Tolerance might be a concern of the interviewer, and if it is not addressed, it might become a negative. However, when you link it to the answer, you’ve controlled the interview in a professional manner while simultaneously heading off a potential concern.
You are a professional who responds in a professional manner. You may have been in the workforce for a number of years or perhaps you are just starting out. Regardless of the level of experience you are coming with to the interview – you chose how you are perceived. You can raise the standard and win points with the interviewer. Never lower your expectation and never demonstrate anything but integrity, clarity and professional attitude. To achieve a better job for better pay and have a better life, commit to excellence.
P.S. Don’t miss our next segment on Question 5, “Would You Relocate (or Travel)?”
P.P.S. Don’t miss our Radio Program – Better Job, Better Pay, Better Life!